Cancer symptoms: Four signs you need to know to catch the deadly disease early

Cancer symptoms: Four signs you need to know to catch the deadly disease early

Cancer is a disease where cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. These cancerous cells can destroy healthy tissue, including orange, and spread to other parts of the body. More than 200 different types of cancer have been recorded. The four most common cancers in the UK are breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.

Every cancer has it’s own specific set of symptoms, but there are more general signs associated with all forms of the disease.

Macmillan Cancer Support lists four to watch out for:

  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A lump or swelling
  • Unexplained pain

The charity explains: “These symptoms can be cause day something other than cancer. But it’s always best to have them checked by your GP as soon as possible.

“You are not wasting their time by getting your symptoms checked.

“If you’ve already been to your GP with symptoms but they haven’t gone away, it is important to see them again.”

The NHS lists three more symptoms commonly associated with cancer worth noting.


If you’ve had a cough for more than three weeks you should see your GP.

It says: “Symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain may be a sign of a severe (acute) condition, such as pneumonia. See your GP straight away if you experience these types of symptoms.”

Changes in bowel habits

It warns: “See your GO if you’ve experienced one of the changes listed below and it’s lasted for more than a few weeks: blood in your stools, diarrhoea or constipation for no obvious reason, a feeling of not having fully emptied your bowels after going to the toilet, pain n your stomach, and persistent bloating.”

Published at Fri, 04 Jan 2019 19:24:00 +0000

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